SEA monitoring in Swedish regional transport infrastructure plans: Improvement opportunities identified in practical experience
2009 (English)In: Environmental impact assessment review, ISSN 0195-9255, E-ISSN 1873-6432, Vol. 30, no 6, 400-406 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) requires monitoring in order to identify unforeseen adverse effects and to enable appropriate remedial action to be taken. Guidelines on how to monitor significant environmental impacts have been developed but experience from practice is limited. This paper presents a study of environmental monitoring in Swedish regional transport infrastructure planning. The result shows that essentially no environmental monitoring is currently performed. Monitoring of the plans merely involves checking the implementation of projects and performing an economic account. At present, a new planning period has commenced for the regional transport infrastructure plans. To obtain an iterative SEA process for the new plan with integrated SEA monitoring, the following means are suggested: reinforcement of practitioners' incentives to plan and perform monitoring; integration of monitoring in the SEA process; pre-determined impact thresholds that prompt remedial action; and more efficient use of monitoring results.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 30, no 6, 400-406 p.
Follow-up; Monitoring; Regional transport infrastructure plans; SEA (Strategic Environmental Assessment); Sweden
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-10116DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2009.12.002ISI: 000282851800008ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77956232313OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-10116DiVA: diva2:209094
QC 201007292009-03-232009-03-232012-02-16Bibliographically approved